- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) - A driver stopped directly behind a SUV driver fatally struck by a Metro-North train says he started to back up to give her room but instead she pulled forward.

Rick Hope told Fox 5 News (http://bit.ly/1F57iWD ) the crossing signals were working properly at the Valhalla gate Tuesday. He says the gate was down and bells were ringing.

Hope says when the gate came down and struck the woman’s car, she got out because she may have heard a bang. He says she looked a bit confused.

He says she “kind of” wiggled the gate.

He says the SUV was at the track line when she pulled forward.

Hope says it’s a dark crossing and maybe the driver didn’t know she was at the gate.

Six train passengers also were killed.

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